May 18, 2003
LAWRENCE, Kan. -
Marc Chabot had two singles and a double to pace a
16-hit attack that lifted Kansas State to an 8-6 victory over Kansas
Sunday in the final Big 12 Conference baseball game of the season for
Kansas State won two of the three games in the series with the
Jayhawks, who earlier in the day had learned they qualified for the
Big 12 Conference Tournament this week at Oklahoma City.
The Wildcats finished their season with a 15-37 record overall and a
5-22 mark in the Big 12. Kansas will be the eighth seed in the league
tournament, going in with a 35-26 mark and a 9-18 record in the Big
The game was the last in the Wildcat career for 17-year head coach
Mike Clark, who announced his resignation earlier this month. In
addition, eight seniors played their final game in a K-State uniform.
Pat Maloney led five different K-State players who finished with two
hits. Maloney had a solo home run in the eighth inning to provide an
insurance run, marking the fourth straight game he had a home run.
Maloney finished with 36 career homers, good enough for second on the
K-State all-time list behind only the 37 by Scott Poepard (1994-97).
The Wildcats' 16 hits were the most in any one game since March 19
when they had 17 against Rider College. Brad Anzman had a double and
triple for the 'Cats, while Ryan Baldwin, Zack Saunders and Brett
Williams also had two hits.
For Kansas, Sea Flynn went 3-for-4, while Ryan Baty, Matt Tribble,
Travis Metcalf and Lance Hayes each finished with two hits. Metcalf
had a leadoff homer in the Jayhawk fourth.
K-State starter Jim Ripley survived 11 hits and five runs over 5 2-3
innings to improve his record to 4-7 this season. Ripley matched a
season-high with nine strikeouts. Eric Rollins pitched the final 3
1-3 innings, allowing only one run, to pick up his seventh save,
finishing the year third all-time on the Wildcats' single-season list
The Wildcats broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth inning with an RBI double
by Saunders, a run-scoring single by Josh Heinrich and a sacrifice
fly by Chabot. Kansas pulled within 6-5 in the sixth, chasing Ripley.
Anzman had a two-out triple in the seventh to give the Wildcats a 7-5
lead, but Metcalf brought KU within one again with a run-scoring
double before Maloney's solo homer in the eighth.